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Plane engine damaged after bird strike incident

20 July 2010

A plane travelling to Manchester suffered a bird strike on take-off from Jersey Airport yesterday afternoon, Monday 19 July 2010. 

The pilot of the 737-300 series Bmibaby flight, which had 88 passengers and 5 crew onboard, reported the incident to Jersey’s air traffic control shortly after take-off at approximately 2.30pm. Airfield operations carried out an immediate runway inspection and found bird fragments on the grass at the western end of the runway.

On arrival at Manchester Airport it was confirmed that damage had occurred to the number 1 engine and the aircraft was grounded for further inspection. There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew. 

The bird debris found at Jersey Airport has been sent to the Food and Environment Research Agency in the UK for identification.

The Channel Islands Director of Civil Aviation has been advised of the incident.

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